Design that doesn’t live, breathe, or say anything is boring.

I built a career building brands that double-down, scream, shout, and change where they live. I work with people that get high on their own supply, love every second of it, and give back to their audience.

The Man Behind the Mister

Meet Derek Munn

An award-winning designer in type nerd’s clothing, Derek builds brands one well-drawn letter at a time. He works for and creates brands that enrich their community and represent a better tomorrow. It makes me sad when the brands, products, and other endeavors doing the most good for the world don’t look as beautiful as they should. That’s where I come in.

You ever show up to a black-tie event in a concert t-shirt? Hopefully not, but brands do this everyday. Good branding connects you with the audience you serve. If you’re not dressed for the occasion, then you’re audience doesn’t feel understood by you. Let’s get your brand looking right with it’s own sense of style. 

Past Lives

• Art Director at DIA Inc.
• Art Director at Red Chalk Studios
• Lecturer of the Arts at Old Dominion University
• Co-Owner & Creative at Maple & Belmont

Street Cred

• Master of Fine Arts (School of Visual Arts)
• Certificate of Type Design (Cooper Union)
• Certificate of Typographic Excellence (Type Directors Club)
• Best in Category: Logos & Stationery (AIGA Richmond)
• Judges Choice (AIGA Richmond)

The Clients of Mister Munn

Animal Vision Center of Virginia
Blue Cypress Counseling & Wellness
Go On Productions
Hard Work Works Fitness & Nutrition

Lynnhaven River NOW
Patriot Excursions
Portsmouth House and Redevelopment Association
Push Comedy Theater

Sage Kitchen
Tidewater Friends of Foster Care
Vessel Craft Coffee
WHRO Public Broadcasting

Derek provided a beautifully productive and professional experience in creating a logo for my business. Throughout all of our meetings and correspondence, Derek was thorough in his questions, receptive to my feedback, informative about design and technical details, and always a positive person to communicate with. His artistic talent is apparent in his methods and principles, keeping in mind details I never would have thought to ask for. The final product is a lovely piece of work that I'm proud to use to represent my company. Thank you for your superb skill and expertise, Derek!

Kylie SurlesOwner, Fresh Start Cleaning Co.

We love working with Derek Munn. He has the amazing ability to pluck the hazy, half-formed image inside our head and turn it into something magical. We’ve been thrilled with all the work he has done for us. He fosters a very collaborative dialogue and is great at making tweaks and changes to projects on the fly.

Sean DevereuxCo-Owner of The Push Comedy Theater

Derek was an absolute pleasure to work with. He took the time to get an understanding of my vibe and audience before even sketching anything up. From there, he was consistent in keeping me in the loop for the entire design process. I was absolutely thrilled with the final result. He captured everything I wanted in a logo with minor revisions. I'm very excited to use his work on my new brand.

Branden Youngs@byoungz on Instagram

Derek is a great designer who is remarkably easy to work with. He listens, is organized and generates quality work on schedule. His designs are very professional and visually gripping, and the value he brings is priceless. We are glad to have found him.

Audra BullockDirector & President of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care

He took the time to form a relationship with me, to ask thoughtful questions, and really understand what it was I try to manifest in my business. The result is that my logo is something that really represents the heart and soul of my work; truly "me."

Kevin JoyceOwner of Blue Cypress Counseling & Wellness

I began working with Derek in the summer of 2017. I came to him with a basic idea of expanding my brand and he literally took that basic idea and designed a logo that was better than I could have imagined. Derek also gave me a jumpstart on rebranding my business facebook page and website. If you need a very creative mind to design a logo or help your existing brand jump to the next level, Derek is your guy!

Joe LeoneOwner of Hard Work Works

Derek is one of the most talented, thoughtful designers I have ever known. I first learned of his abilities through the grapevine, but was privy to more of his process and insight as he built the branding for my sketch comedy group. Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work with Derek on and off stage, and I'm consistently impressed with his dedication, attention to detail, creativity, and insight, especially when it comes to branding and how to "tell a story." His design work is incredible, and he's fun to work with, to boot. Derek adds value to every team he's on, and I highly recommend working with him.

Amber NettlesSales & Marketing Consultant

Derek completed some graphic design and website work for my political campaign that began in 2017. He has a keen eye for design and created beautiful palm cards for me that successfully captured the message of my campaign. With only very general direction, Derek took broad ideas and channeled them into a cohesive look across platforms that was clean, vibrant, and professional. I would recommend him not just to political candidates, but anyone looking to develop a fresh professional brand.

Brittany Shearer, M.S.EdNorfolk School Board 2018 Candidate

Derek provides outstanding, high-quality work that underscore his creativity and strong skill set. We have worked together on a host of different projects, and I am continually impressed by the caliber and efficiency of his work. He is an excellent addition to the Red Chalk team.

Jennifer WlachManaging Director at Mercury LLC.

Derek has been a great asset on the campaigns we manage. His attention to detail and creativity are a wonderful combination that we appreciate enormously.

Margaret CahoonMarketing Consultant at Cahoon & Cross Inc.

Derek is a multi-talented Art Director and Creative (yes, used as a noun), whose greatest gift is seeing the big picture. He is a powerful asset and brings passion and insight to brand development and design. I worked with Derek on a number of projects and was always impressed with his thoughtful assessments and ideas. He is also a fun partner and knows a slew of team-building exercises that make the work environment (and the work itself) better. See for yourself!

Ellen McBrideMarketing Communications Director at Red Chalk Studios

All I gave to Mr. Munn was a link to my comedy podcast and a rough idea of what I wanted: "I want a logo that looks like a penis, maybe, I dunno?" Before i knew it, he'd listened to my stuff and come up with the PERFECT encapsulation of my crude, puerile humor in his elegant, purposeful design. This guy gets it!

Matt ColeCo-Creater of The Sexperts Podcast

Derek is an incredible Art Director, meticulous Type Designer, and friendly co-worker. He's great with constructive criticism and working as a team. I've seen him apply his vast knowledge of design history in posters, branding, displays - you name it. His typography skills are fantastic, functional, and can make boring reports look and read wonderfully. He's awesome to work with and have in your circle of friends.

Ceindy NunezDesigner & Doodler

Derek Munn is a fantastically talented graphic designer and art director that I had the fortune of working under for over a year. He is a pleasure to learn from, and is also great to work with. Not a single day went by where I didn’t laugh at least once because of him. Derek is stellar at managing multiple projects at once, as well as delivering on time and on budget while also blowing away the clients expectations. He is skilled at picking out the most important parts of a project and polishing them until they are perfect, while not getting stuck on the small things.

Nicole DombiFront-End Developer at Red Chalk Studios

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